RELAUNCHING THOUGHTS FROM AN OLD GAMER

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So tonight I am going to re-launch Thoughts from an Old Gamer.  It has been months since I really posted anything substantial and I do have things to say about various subjects, especially the gaming industry that I love.  This is going to be a short post, but I am working on another and I am going to be setting u a schedule of posts so that I can keep on posting and not fall behind.  I am doing this to give myself some structure in my life and help me to not be depressed and not as closed off anymore.

Stay with me as I travel down this path of enlightenment and discovery and see what we can find as we jump down the rabbit hole.

Don’t be Hatin’-Racism visits a Galaxy Far, Far, Away…

As originally posted  on Ebony(dot)com and on Nerds of Color not once but twice

So not even Science Fiction and Speculative fiction can escape the stigma of racism.

So Disney decided to drop the official trailer for the new Star Wars movie during Monday Night Football, assuring that everyone will be glued to the TV watching the game for when the trailer drops.  Now that the dust has settled, it has come to light that there are accusations of White genocide going around the interwebs because two P.O.C. (one Black and one Latin) and a woman are figured prominently among all the promo material.  Here is what I mean when I say prominently:  When the first trailer appeared for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many people were upset that the first face we see is that of actor John Boyega dressed as a Stormtrooper. The next person we see is Daisy Ridley on a speeder bike. The third person we see is Oscar Isaac, piloting an X-Wing fighter. In the 1:30 teaser trailer, not one White person was given face time.

The mere sight of Boyega in a Stormtrooper outfit gave rise to #BlackStormtrooper.  I looked it up and the comments surrounding this hashtag were not nice at all…the fact that people are offended at someone of color becoming a Stormtrooper is ludicrous.  Then the poster showed up…

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Boyega’s character is holding a lightsaber!  Blasphemy!  How dare a P.O.C.  Hold a lightsaber!  Oh wait!  Samuel Jackson held one for three of the six movies…now the ones behind the stormtooper tag have created the #BoycottStarWarsVII because as I found out, Han and Leia are not figured prominently on the poster and Luke is not shown at all.

Being a fan of Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction, this is the only poster that I have seen for a major movie that have a woman and a P.O.C. as the main protagonists.  I am tickled pink at that prospect!

Now back to the term “White Genocide”…I would this that fans of Science Fiction would embrace diversity as you deal with alien races and faster than light travel, but I guess not…the Ebony article suggested I google diversity in science fiction.  I did and was shocked at the amount of hate that White America has for P.O.C and women in science fiction.  The fact that people cannot grasp that a lot of the science fiction and speculative fiction that is read was produced by P.O.C.  Names like the late Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delaney, Tananarive Due, George Schuyler, Nalo Hopkinson, N.K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, and Steven Barnes just to name a few.  This genre is well suited to P.O.C. as we have been creating alternate worlds and realities since our ancestor’s very first beginnings.  So as Shawn Taylor said in his article on Ebony…“So if these folks want to interpret a film that reflects the racial reality of the world as some kind of genocidal plot to eradicate the White race, Tripping, they are. Meds, and hugs, they need.”

And just to end this article, here is a pic of Boyega’s character with a lightsaber…lightsaber

Review: Gotham Episode 2: “Knock, Knock”

Jerome believes there's nothing more contagious than laughter.
Jerome believes there’s nothing more contagious than laughter.

So we are 2 episodes into the new season of Gotham, and we get a look at the “Maniax”.  If you saw last week’s episode,  you know that six “residents” of Arkham were broken out by a mysterious woman and her crew.  We find out that this group belongs to mysterious businessman Theo Galavan.  In this episode, the Maniax begin terrorizing Gotham by dropping dockworkers off the top of the Gotham City Chronicle news building, with letters painted on their bodies spelling out “MANIAX!”.  Now later on in the episode, we see Bruce and Alfred in his father’s “secret lair” beneath Wayne Manor…evidently his dad knew that there was a lot of corruption going on in Gotham, and was doing research into it.  This is where Bruce realizes his calling, to shed light on the darkness that has infected Gotham City.

Now my thoughts on this episode.  I think they are trying too hard to paint Jerome as the Joker.  It is almost too much sometimes.  They are trying to mix Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker with the video game version of the Joker. The character is maniacal, devious, psychotic, and a bit of a showman.  They are also introducing the fact that Edward Nygma is suffering from MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder).  This is a far cry from the first season, where he just went around the police station giving out riddles to everyone he meets.

Edward poses a riddle to Harvey.
Edward poses a riddle to Harvey.

Barbara, is also acting out of character, as she is aligned with the Maniax after betraying Gordon and trying to kill his new girlfriend.  So she will not become Gordon’s wife, as she is evidently crazy and vindictive.  The other members of the Maniax are just as crazy since they are following Jerome.  They walk into the police station and kill all the officers in the precinct. (which is hard to believe as they were out numbered…)  They then take the new commissioner hostage and kill her, while Gordon is distracted by going after Barbara outside.  He gets ambushed and beaten senseless.

Jerome tries to sweet talk Barbara
Jerome tries to sweet talk Barbara

The aftermath finds Bruce glad that Gordon didn’t die and Alfred talking to Lucius Fox about being trustworthy and computer repair.  (The computer they found inside the secret lair needs to be fixed because Alfred broke it trying to keep Bruce from learning what his father was doing because it may get him killed.)

I am a bit skeptical about this season as they are definitely setting up the villains to be older than Bruce with the exception of Catwoman (Selina).

Why DC Comics may lose the Super Hero movie wars.

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Now on Comicbook.com, they have an article stating that a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle movie may be in the works as a fill-in between Justice League themed mega- blockbusters.  While I like the characters of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold (more Blue Beetle than Booster), I think this is a bad idea.  There is not enough there between the two characters to fill a movie script.  You won’t have enough time to do justice an origin story on both characters, as well as fill the time with a villain suitable enough for them to take on.

That is why I think that DC will lose the movie wars to Marvel over the next couple of years.  Look at the formula Marvel spun, you know you want to do a big super group story, but you have to introduce the audience to the players first.  So you plan it out years in advance.  You do at least 1-2 single hero stories (in the case of Iron Man, 3), then bring the whole group together to fight a menace on a global scale.  Nothing too big on the first outing, a crazy Asgardian and an alien army.  Then you do a couple of more single hero stories, then your second team movie where the bad guy is progressively bigger in scale (yes I put Ultron higher on the ladder than Loki…feh), and as the years progress, several more single hero/multi-hero movies to keep the fans interested.  Now here’s the kicker…all of these are leading up to the biggest team up of them all, where they go COSMIC!  This formula keeps you hooked in for several years searching the inter-webs for every scrap of info about these characters, speculating on various outcomes and salivating for more.

Now as far as DC goes, they so far have re-booted 2 of their most iconic characters several times over, passed over a third character for a feature film and instead opted to give that character a guest shot on an upcoming movie along with possible two more iconic character “guest-shots”.  Wonder Woman deserves her own stand alone movie.  The character has more depth than anyone wants to believe, trying to balance her Amazonian responsibilities with those of living in “man’s world”.  Both the Flash and Aquaman need their own movies, especially with the breakout success of the CW network’s series of the same name.  If you want to do a Justice League movie, you need to introduce the characters again.  That is what Marvel did right, they “introduced” us to the characters all over again before putting them together in one movie.marvelstheavengersposters

Another thing they need to do if they want to do a Justice League movie, is not go against a “cosmic” threat right off the bat, build up to it.  Darkseid is a good adversary, but let’s start off smaller like Luthor and the Legion of Doom.  it could be that the villains get together because the ever increasing population of heroes, is getting out of hand and they need to band together.  This prompts the heroes to do the same.  Or as they did with the animated series, an alien invasion threatens the Earth again, and it is too much for Superman to handle.  So he calls in the cavalry and realizes that as a group, they can combat evil more effectively.  Then you build up to taking on Darkseid, like the Avengers are doing with Thanos.

It has taken DC some time to get up to speed with it’s movies, but as long as they don’t jump the gun, think sensibly, and follow winning formulas like they did on the CW, they may come out on the positive side in the super hero movie wars.